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CREOSOTE IN THE CHIMNEY– What’s the big deal?

What's the Big Deal With Creosote?Creosote happens when you burn a fire. Burning fires all winter long and some during the “bridge” seasons, can lead to a large enough accumulation of creosote in a chimney flue to cause problems.

Each and every fire results in small amounts being deposited onto the sides of the flue. Traces of creosote are in the smoke that rises from fire. As the smoke travels upward and mixes with cooler air and moisture nearer the top, it liquefies and then solidifies and sticks to the inside of the chimney. This narrows the passageway, which restricts ventilation, which in turn causes more creosote to accumulate. As efficiency decrease with your fireplace, more creosote is accumulated in the flue. If left unaddressed, this process will continue (layer by layer) until something happens (i.e. achimney fire or blockage) that renders the chimney unusable.

What’s wrong with creosote? Is it really dangerous?

The main issue with creosote is that it’s flammable. It burns…layer by layer. As the amount of creosote inside the chimney flue increases so does your risk of a serious chimney fire. Worst case scenario, chimney fires can cause loss of homes and lives. Less seriously , but still expensive to repair, chimney fires can break the inside of your chimney. The National Fire
Protection Association Standard 211 stipulates that cracked flue tiles must be repaired or replaced.

How to prevent creosote buildup….

The key is regular maintenance. You can interrupt the layering process by having your chimney inspected annually and cleaned whenever the buildup is sufficient to need removal. When you schedule regular service, your creosote buildup will be minimal. Stage 1 and Stage 2 creosote (see our previous blog about creosote) can often be removed by traditional or rotary brushing systems. Stage 3 (the tar like stuff) will not brush out and requires a specialized removal process. Our technicians are trained in various glazed creosote removal options and can determine which is best for your situation.

Dry seasoned wood can help with creosote build-up, but more importantly not inhibiting airflow to the fire and not slowing the speed of the gases exiting the chimney will make a greater impact on the amount of creosote that forms in your fireplace or woodstove flue.

The benefit of annual inspections…..

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) both recommend annual inspections to keep your chimney operating efficiently and to minimize risk factors. Our trained technicians inspect your system from top to bottom to determine any factors that impact safety, usability and functionality. Our report lets you know any issues we find and corresponding suggested resolutions.

If you have concerns about your chimney system, call schedule a visit with our professionals at Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps|Bless Your Hearth now!

Fall is here! Winter is On the Way! Again.

Wintertime is better with fire and it is our goal, here at Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps|Bless Your Hearth, to help you keep hearth fires in their rightful place in your home! Chimney and fireplace inspection is an autumn leavesimportant part of that process. If you haven’t yet set up your appointment for this season yet, give us a call or click here!

Here are a few tips that can help make your appointment with us run smoothly.

Appointment Tips

If you are scheduling your annual maintenance, please keep in mind that during the Fall and Winter, we tend to have fuller schedule than Summertime and waits for appointments can be longer.

  • The sooner the better as far as getting on the schedule.
  • Be patient if the first available appointment seems to be a long way off. We have a plan to make this situation more workable. We will work to move your appointment forward to a sooner spot with the first schedule change that allows an opportunity to do so.

When preparing for your chimney service appointment with Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, be sure to:

  • Remove all items within 6 feet of where we will be working.
  • Allow the appliance being serviced 24+ hours to cool before our visit.
  • Please keep your pets safely out of harm’s way during the appointment.

Following these simple appointment tips will go a long way to make your scheduled appointment go smoothly. Contact us today.

To review –

  • Call now – take the first available appointment and if you want it done sooner, ask to be put on the list to be moved forward at the first possible opportunity.
  • Secure a spot on our schedule – with that appointment comes a promise to get your service done as soon as we possibly can.
  • Try to be patient — Please know that we will be working as hard as we can to get your hearthside ready as quickly as possible.

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps|Bless Your Hearth sincerely wishes you and your family a warm and cozy Winter season!